Rudy Gay is a bit distracted these days.
Gay’s wife, Ecko, a regular at Kings home games this season, is back in Memphis, Tenn., preparing to give birth to the couple’s first child, a boy.
Gay said it’s been tough playing while waiting for news of when his son will be born.
“Obviously, you have to separate the two, but when they collide like they are, it does weigh on the back of your mind,” Gay said. “I have a lot of people here that are in my corner and trying to make sure that I’m there.”
After the Kings’ loss Friday at Golden State, Gay said he still needed to arrange transportation to Memphis when he gets the call.
“I honestly didn’t even think about that,” he said. “I guess I’ll have to call somebody and see if I can get a cheap (jet). I can sit in the cheap one. If the baby was in there, maybe I could spend some money.”
The Kings are aware of the situation. So at times when the Kings need the players’ full attention, Gay might be checking his messages.
“I check my phone all the time,” he said. “I hope coach doesn’t think I’m just on the Internet or something.”
Foul watch – DeMarcus Cousins entered Saturday leading the NBA with 3.8 fouls per game.
And the fouls have come early lately. He was called for two fouls in two minutes Friday. Coach Michael Malone drew a technical foul disputing the fouls, but he said Cousins must do a better job of avoiding fouls.
“He has to be smarter,” Malone said. “We talked about it in shootaround (Friday). Everybody that we play, if you want to beat the Kings, get DeMarcus in foul trouble. ... He’s everything for us, and if he’s on the bench, we’re down a major piece of what we’re trying to do. So he has to defend without fouling, and we have do a better job as a team of that.”
Et cetera – Isaiah Thomas (right quadriceps contusion) is listed as questionable for today’s game against the Dallas Mavericks but is unlikely to play.
As of Friday, Thomas was still unable to run well enough to participate in drills. He’s still receiving treatment on the injury at least twice a day.
Malone still hopes Thomas can return before the end of the season.
• Four of the Kings’ final six games are at home.
• After Friday’s season-low 69-point effort, the Kings dropped to 3-29 when scoring fewer than 100 points. They are 22-6 when scoring 105 or more.